50 militants killed in clashes in Pakistan

The air strikes targeted a meeting of the Lashkar-e-Islam in the Tirah valley of Khyber tribal region.

An official of the local administration said that at least 42 militants of the Lashkar-e-Islam were killed and two militant hideouts destroyed.

“The air strikes were launched following a tip-off that a meeting of the Lashkar-e-Islam was being held in Tirah,” the official said.

Pakistani troops have launched several operations in the Khyber Agency in the past two years to flush out militants.

In a separate incident, a soldier and six Taliban fighters were killed in a gun battle in South Waziristan, where the army launched a major offensive in October last year.
The clash occurred in Sararogha town after militants attacked a security check post, an official statement said.

Orakzai operation

Meanwhile, an operation against militants in the Orakzai tribal region entered its 18th day on Saturday.

Security forces have claimed they have killed over 250 militants in the region and that the area is now under their complete control.

According to reports, troops have flushed out militants in Stori Khel, Feroz Khel, Chapri Feroz Khel, Mushti, Chapar Mushti, Berot, Merobak, Kandara, Sheikhan, Goyin and other areas.

About100 militants were also injured while eight security personnel, including a lieutenant colonel, were killed.

A total of 54 bodies of militants were found during a search operation in Berot area of Orakzai Agency, officials said.

Meanwhile, a commander of the banned Lashkar-e-Islam group was killed in the Khyber tribal region of northwest Pakistan on Saturday while trying to negotiate the release of a man kidnapped by some armed men.

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